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June 10, 2014

U-M officially announces addition of Ty Isaac

It's official: Ty Isaac is coming to Michigan.

The school's athletic department officially announced the addition to the rising sophomore tailback Tuesday afternoon in a press release.

Isaac, who hails from Shorewood, Ill., was one of Michigan coach Brady Hoke's most coveted recruits in the 2013 class. Isaac, though, chose to head out west to play for USC.

He spent one season with the Trojans, rushing 40 times for 236 yards and two scores. He also caught four passes for 57 yards. USC coach Lane Kiffin was fired in the middle of the season, and Isaac decided that he wanted to be closer to home.

"We're excited that Ty has decided to join the Michigan Football family," Hoke said in the press release. "I know it was important for him to get back to the Midwest to be closer to his mom and family, so I think it's a great fit for everyone. Ty's a big back with really good speed and catches the ball extremely well out of the backfield. He certainly adds depth and competition to a position we feel very confident about."

Isaac, 6-3, 225, was a five-star recruit, ranked the No. 27 overall player in the country, the No. 4 running back in the class and No. 2 player from Illinois in the 2013 class, according to Rivals.com.

With the addition of Isaac, Michigan now has two of the top five running backs from the 2013 class on its roster, including five-star prospect Derrick Green, who was the No. 1 running back in the class.

According to the Michigan press release, Isaac finished his high school career at Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy with a school-record 5,305 rushing yards. Despite missing time due to injury, he rushed for 1,500 yards with 22 touchdowns as a senior in 2012 on his way to earning a spot on the Prep Star All-American Dream Team. As a junior in 2011, Isaac earned USA Today All-USA second-team recognition and Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year and Joliet Herald-News Offensive Player of the Year accolades after posting 2,696 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns, including a 515-yard, six-touchdown performance in the Illinois Class 5A state championship game.

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